That angry Indian debates involve young people pitted against the values of their parents’ generation suggests an upheaval in values lies ahead
Actor Payal Rohatgi’s outburst against Safoora Zargar typifies right wing obsession with Muslim sexuality
The Hindu right-wing discourse around the sexuality and sex lives of Muslim men and women has acquired a particular tone and tenor
India drops two places on global press freedom index, ranked 142nd out of 180 nations; RSF cites pressure to toe 'Hindu nationalist government's line'
Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) attributed India's decline on the World Press Freedom Index 2020 to 'pressure on the media to toe the Hindu nationalist government's line'
Modern India has been awash with millenarian ideological projects — from the Left rising in West Bengal of 1970-1972 that ended with the slaughter of 5,000 young people or more by the State and criminal militia; the ethnic-religious carnage let loose from the late-1980s by jihadists in Kashmir or Khalistanis in Punjab.
Will India's economic downturn spur course correction, or will Hindu nationalism enable the decline to perpetuate itself?
That India’s optimistic future is overtaken by concerns about the road ahead. Bangladesh’s rise seems more imminent than India’s. Will economic decline spur course correction? Or, will Hindu nationalism enable the decline to perpetuate itself?
RSS' role in 'nation-building' part of Maharashtra varsity syllabus; Congress rebukes move, points at group's chequered history
The history of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its role in 'nation-building' have been included in the syllabus of a university based in Nagpur, where the Sangh has headquarters
The minority is now officially reconfigured as an obstacle to development, a drain on resources, an alien and socially divisive element that weakens cultural cohesion; a primitive, non-modern and unassimilable remnant of the past.
Islamic State ideology in vulnerable pockets of South India feeds on local grievances to further jihadist agenda
The Islamic State in the Land of al-Shams might be dead—but the in the land of Idli-Sambar, it is giving jihad a new, distinctively southern flavour, blending local grievances and conflicts into its global ideology.
India and the Indian: Hindu nationalism is an inherently secular notion, not a theocratic concept, writes Sreemoy Talukdar
For Hindus, respect for different customs, faiths and religion is not a value to strive for. It is not an inalienable concept to be discussed and adopted with rigour. Pluralism, for Hindus, is a way of life.
India and the Indian: I hope my daughter inherits a country unbound by caste, linguistic strictures, writes Pa Ranjith
Nationalism cannot be sustained by identities like that of the Hindu or the Tamilian. It is about how you can still be united, despite the elements that keep you divided. It is a measure of basic democratic structures
Narendra Modi's 'Khan Market gang' jibe sums up disempowerment of elites, rise of new middle class with a voice
The elites are aghast at Narendra Modi's 'Khan Market gang' jibe, all the more because this paradigm is here to stay. If Modi returns to power on 23 May, Khan Market, too, may fall to the rabble waiting at the gates.
Projecting Narendra Modi as hawkish PM is BJP's 2019 poll plank: Militaristic imagery and rhetoric has replaced talk of vikas
On Monday, canvassing for his Hindu-nationalist party in Maharashtra's Dindori, Modi invoked the Sri Lanka Easter day blast within 24 hours of the tragedy to make his poll pitch
'US ruled by cowboys, India by cowmen': Hindu nationalism takes centre stage ahead of Lok Sabha election
Hindu nationalism, once fringe, has now taken a central place in India's politics ahead of the Lok Sabha election, and the cow has become a symbol of this growing nationalism.
LK Advani led BJP's Hindu nationalism movement in 80s, 90s; espousing diversity today won't erase his past
LK Advani was the driving force behind the BJP's Indian nationalism and Hindutva concepts. Today, when he reminds the party about the BJP's 'respect' for 'diversity' and 'freedom of choice', does he expect them — or us — to believe him?
How coastal Karnataka was saffronised: The story of rise and rise of Hindu nationalism in syncretic South Kanara
For more than three decades now, South Kanara has gained a reputation as the Sangh Parivar's laboratory. People unfamiliar with coastal Karnataka believe it is responsible for the growth of radical right-wing organisations like Hindu Yuva Sene, Bajrang Dal and Ram Sene, which propagate a form of divisive, hate-fuelled politics, using love jihad and gauraksha as instruments of coercion.
Saudi Arabia may believe in terror threat, but its roots in Wahhabi extremism is a danger India can't ignore
It is imperative that New Delhi take notice of this threat of Wahhabi extremism from Saudi Arabia and not sweep the menace under the rug, as governments at the Centre often have when it comes to its policies concerning the Muslim community.
With AGP's exit over Citizenship Amendment Bill, BJP's Hindutva policy may clash with Assam's 'jati, mati' in LS polls
With AGP's exit over Citizenship Amendment Bill,2016, the fate of BJP’s dream to win 20 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats in the North East will depend on which of the two ideologies — Hindu nationalism and Assamese sub-nationalism — draw a bigger crowd to the polling centres
NIA anti-terror raids: Islamic State might be dead abroad, but hate politics is fuelling its resurrection in India
In interrogations by the NIA, half the suspects said communalism — ranging from riots to compulsory yoga practice — led them to join the Islamic State. Barely half of them cited the global Islamist project that underpins the Islamic State
North India's angry young men: Snigdha Poonam examines a generation's anxieties in her new book, Dreamers
In Dreamers, Snigdha Poonam chronicles the stories of young Indians, who have grown up with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — and the "cultural values of their grandparents" | #FirstCulture
BJP's religious nationalism is the main reason why so many people wanted the party to decline in Gujarat, no matter what their political affiliation is